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Agadir has a warm weather all year long, perfect for relaxing after the adventures in other regions of Morocco.

Agadir has a warm weather all year long, perfect for relaxing after the adventures in other regions of Morocco.

Metro found what to see, and eat and the do’s and do not’s for the region.

SEE

La Vallée des Oiseaux

The Valley of the Birds is a small zoo where you can find indigenous and migratory birds.

Children love it and access is via the Petit Train (the small train). Also see the Earthquake Museum (Agadir was destroyed by a huge quake in 1960) in the Jardim de Olhão.

HEAR

Berber sounds

Some bars in the Corniche (the promenade by the sea) offer traditional live music. Bar Fly in hotel Tafoukt, in the city centre, has a lively atmosphere and has both karaoke and live music in its Moroccan lounge. To get in the mood sit in and puff the water pipe.

EAT

Fresh sardines

In the Corniche, relaxing in front of the sea, you can enjoy real fresh fish, like sardines (Agadir is the world biggest sardine fishing port) or seafood. Traditional meals, like the couscous and tagine (meat or vegetable dish made in a clay pot with spices) are tasty and cheap. Avoid the very touristy places where waiters try to talk to you in German.

DRINK

Thé à la menthe

Although Morocco is a Muslim country you can drink alcohol in most restaurants, bars and cafés. And, Moroccan red wine can be quite good. However, the best drink on a terrace is the traditional thé à la menthe (mint tea, very sweet). Try the terrace at Palais des Roses Hotel.

WEAR

T-shirt or a top

Moroccan people are very friendly and their hospitality is well know. However some visitors forget that this is a Muslim country, failing to respect local culture. Not wearing a T-shirt in the city or a bikini top on the beach is simply not acceptable.

DO

The Beach

The hardcore surfers prefer the Taghazoute, some kilometres up North, but Agadir remains perfect for most windsurfing, kite surfing, sailing, jet-skiing or even for a relaxing horse ride by the sea.

DON’T

Take pictures without asking

Don’t take pictures of people without asking them first. People are friendly but like everywhere else they don’t like to feel they’re being watched.

Some might ask for a small tip but in general they simply say yes.

SAY

‘Shokran’

If you want to show some courtesy say “shokran” (thank you). In Agadir people speak mainly Berber, Arabic and French. But as result of being a seaside tourist city, many speak English and German as well.

DON’T SAY

‘No to thé à la menthe’

If you’re offered a thé à la menthe in a shop, café, hotel or at a Moroccan’s home you should accept it. This is sign of courtesy from your host which wants to welcome you.